The neighbor herself admitted to the cat owner that she was the one who shot the cat. "My jaw dropped," the owner said.
Trigger warning: The story contains details of animal cruelty that might be distressing to some readers.
After seeing his cat missing for a few days, Eric Erickson from Michigan had the shock of his life when he finally found his cat on his doorstep. The injured cat was lying on the ground with a crossbow running through his neck.
It was on July 15 when Eric found his cat, Oliver, sitting injured on the doorstep of his home in Baldwin Township. The cat-parent then began asking around the neighborhood if they knew what happened to Oliver. Finally, his neighbor, Taylor R. Shipman, 23, admitted that she was the one who shot the cat with a crossbow on July 11. She claimed that Oliver seemed to have rabies and that she shot him because he was lunging at people on her property.
"My jaw dropped,” Eric told MLive. "She said she shot him on Sunday. "Obviously, he ran off and it took him four days to get home."
On July 16, the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office received an animal cruelty complaint. And soon, an animal control officer met with Eric at the Tawas Animal Hospital, where Oliver was receiving treatment for his injuries. For three days, Oliver had to remain in the hospital because of the inhumane act. But Eric was glad to see Oliver put up a tough fight and continue recovering.
"Where the arrow was rubbing on his ears was just raw. So he's got some healing to do," Eric told WNEM. "His sores are closing up. He's healing well. He's a tough cat."
Eric is also grateful to see that Taylor will not easily get away with what she did. She was charged with one count of third-degree killing or torturing an animal. On July 26, Taylor turned herself in and was later released from custody on a $10,000 bond.
"After the investigation and all interviews were completed the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office submitted the report for review on July 22nd to the Iosco County Prosecutors Office," the Iosco County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. "The Iosco County Prosecuting Attorney authorized a felony warrant for TAYLOR ROSE SHIPMAN, 23 of East Tawas. She turned herself into the Iosco County Jail on July 26, 2021 and was booked on one felony count of Animals-Killing / Torturing third degree. She was released on a $10,000 PR bond."
Following the incident, Eric was also able to see the kindness of strangers, who donated to help pay for Oliver's medical bills. A fundraiser that was set up by the Iosco Humane Society on Facebook had raised $2,215 to help out Oliver and Eric.
"There's a lot of good people out there in the world still," Eric told WNEM. "They were reaching out from different states and Tawas is a pretty good community."
After spending a few days at the hospital, Oliver returned back home and is healing well in the company of Eric, his two dogs, and his two other cats.
"He is doing spectacular," Eric told MLive. "I’m humbled a bit from his strength."
Cover image source: (L) Iosco County Sheriff's Office and (R) Iosco Humane Society